Sri Lanka looking for executioners as death penalty reinstated

Sri Lanka is looking for a few good hangmen.

Prison officials in the Indian Ocean island nation placed an ad in the state-run Daily News for two executioners after President Maithripala Sirisena vowed to end a 43-year moratorium on capital punishment.

The cut-throat competition for two spots calls for candidates to have “an excellent moral character” and pass a test conducted to check the “mind and mental strength.”

Those ready to learn the ropes must be Sri Lankan men between 18 and 45. Their monthly salary would be equivalent of about $200 and they will be eligible for a state pension.

“Selected candidates will be referred to a test conducted at the National Hospital to check the mental strength,” according to the morbid ad.

Sri Lanka’s last executioner at the main prison in Colombo hung up his noose in 2014, citing stress after seeing the gallows for the first time, according to Reuters.

Another one roped in for the job last year never turned up for duty.

Sirisena, who is modeling his country’s drug fight after the Philippines, said executions will resume in the next two months for condemned drug traffickers.

During a visit to the the Philippines last month, Sirisena praised President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug crackdown as “an example to the world.”

Thousands of people have been killed since Duterte assumed power in 2016 — and human-rights groups have denounced the deaths as extrajudicial executions.

Criminals in Sri Lanka, a predominantly Buddhist country, are regularly given death sentences for murder, rape and drug-related crimes but their punishments have been routinely commuted to life in prison.

The country has 1,299 prisoners facing death sentences, including 48 convicted of drug offenses.

Police have increased efforts to crack down on drugs, seizing 198 pounds of heroin from a luxury apartment in Colombo last month. Two Americans, two Sri Lankans and an Afghan were collared.

On Tuesday, a total 242 pounds of drugs were seized from two locations near the capital.

With Post Wires

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